For anyone interested in volunteering at the shelter, we have made our volunteer application form available here. Please consider helping us out. Any help, any time, if only twice per month is always appreciated!
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THANKS TO HILL'S FOR THEIR CONTINUED SUPPORT OF OUR SHELTER AND CATS.
Our website is always under development. Check back later for more information! Please help our shelter with a donation! We receive no government support.
We are a non profit, registered charity and no kill cat shelter in St. Thomas, Ontario. We have been helping abandoned and rescued cats find homes since 2000. Our cats receive veterinarian care, spaying/neutering and initial vaccinations. This shelter is unique because we allow our cats to roam free! None of the cats are caged unless they become sick or are initially in quarantine. We operate solely on donations and with volunteer help. 100% of donations go directly to the shelter. Please consider helping with a cash donation or volunteering your time. We accept donations of cat food, litter and cleaning supplies too. Please call the shelter to check on what supplies we could use. Volunteers help clean but also provide socialization to the cats with playing and grooming.
Pets/Friends for Life policy is that all adopted cats go to homes where they will be indoor cats only. Many of our cats have come to us from a life on the streets after they have been abandoned or lost from a previous home. We wish to ensure that these cats do not have to suffer the dangers of the outdoors again which include cars, other wild animals, dangerous plants and substances. If you are considering adopting a cat from us, please consider the cat's long term safety and respect our "indoors only" policy. We wish them to live a long, healthy and safe life and this can be done by keeping them indoors!
When adopting a cat or kitten from Pets/Friends for Life our adoption fee, which is $160, includes first vaccinations. We work with several veterinary clinics to spay and neuter our cats. Adult cats will have been spayed or neutered upon adoption. Younger cats/kittens will be adopted out but MUST be spayed or neutered later. If you wish to see a veterinarian of your choice for this, a paid certificate or invoice must be provided in order for our organization to refund a portion of this procedure to the adopting family/person. All of the cats will have been de-wormed and treated for fleas in addition to a wellness examination by a veterinarian. The cat's health record will be included in the adoption paperwork. Cats and kittens are adopted on a first come, first served basis. Kittens may be adopted before 8 weeks of age, but will not be allowed to go to their new home until they turn 8 weeks old.
Pets/Friends for Life would like to provide everyone with a progress report on 2017! This past year has been, as always, another busy year! We wish to thank all of our volunteers for their dedication to our cats and kittens. The Board of Directors continues to use the power of the internet and social media to promote our cause. Our website, petsfriendsforlife.ca, and our Pets/Friends for Life Facebook page continue to promote our available cats and kittens. This allows us to reach a larger area of potential adopters! We have been able to adopt cats and kittens as far as Kincardine, Watford, Woodstock, Shelburne, and Jasper, Alberta!
We continue to promote our loveable and well deserving senior cats, those 8 and older. This has been a huge success! Since January 2016, we have been able to place 24 senior cats into wonderful homes. Jasmine and Emily had lived in the shelter for multiple years and were both adopted this summer. Aphrodite,15 and Cleo,14 were given wonderful homes to live their golden years in. Senior cats make great pets, they truly are appreciative and are very loyal to their new families. We still have a handful of senior cats that should get their chance at a forever home. Kai, Emma, Lola and Mr. Kitty to name a few. We have also been very privileged to adopt a few special needs cats into homes. Putnam arrived earlier this year after being found wandering in a field. He is completely blind. What an amazing personality this boy has! Azriel is a wonderful girl who is deaf. This spunky girl quickly became another favourite of the volunteers. Einstein had a vestibular inner ear problem which made him walk at a tilt. All of these cats were adopted to loving homes. We are honoured to help families feel the love of their own cats. Pets/Friends for Life continues to provide safe haven for cats who themselves are special needs. Currently, Barbie, who is blind in one eye and Miller, an orange kitten also blind in one eye, are living with us until they find their purrfect furrever homes! These were some of the best days we had this year. It goes to show that we can never give up hope that each cat will get their own home. We are always thrilled when we get updates from families on the cats that have been adopted from us! What a great way to follow up.
This year we have had a record number of kittens (115) arrive in the shelter with their mothers. The cost of raising these kittens until they are adoptable is substantial. Without the financial support of our Pets/Friends for Life family of supporters, we would not be able to take all of these needy kittens into the shelter. Our local veterinarians are an integral part of our team. They provide excellent care for our kittens and cats. The generosity of the public who bring us supplies is much appreciated. We initiated an easy way for the public to donate funds to us by setting up email transfers and a PayPal donate button on our Facebook page.
Our volunteers continue to work hard to socialize and look after all of our resident cats' needs. We wish to heartily thank all of our devoted volunteers who come in and clean the shelter daily so that our cats stay healthy. Pets/Friends for Life continues to look for volunteers who can carry forward our work so that our shelter will carry on for the next generation. We always hear that people love the concept of our shelter since our cats roam free and get to live in an atmosphere that resembles "home" as much as possible. Our volunteers continue to attend events to get our "message out" and fund raise. Our goal for 2018 will be to raise as many funds as possible to keep the shelter safe and sound. We are housed in a 100+ year old building which often needs repairs. The Board and Volunteers wish to thank each and every one of our supporters and friends. We can't do this work alone. To date, we have adopted, to new homes, 140 cats this year. We encourage everyone to visit, see how the shelter operates and have a cuddle with our friendly felines!
Kind regards from the Board of Directors of Pets/Friends for Life
SENIOR CATS Reduced fee $100!
Senior cats are those who are 8 years of age and over. They make wonderful companions and great additions to a home.